Stakeholder Engagement

The effective implementation of the adaptive management strategies developed in REFRESH depends on the willingness and capacity of stakeholders to accept new policies and carry out the identified measures. We will involve stakeholders at the beginning of the Project, discuss and agree appropriate scenarios and storylines to be used in REFRESH and identify potential barriers to the implementation of adaptation and mitigation strategies. This requires a negotiated relationship between relevant agencies, water managers and water users and a consideration for the multiple perspectives and potential conflicts of interest between the stakeholders. 

Scenarios and storylines  

We will organise a workshop to present the outputs of the scenario development to the key national stakeholders responsible for implementing the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and NATURA 2000 policies for the eight demonstration catchments. The workshop will focus on the commonalities and differences in the scenarios across the eight catchments and identify the most relevant storylines to be simulated as part of subsequent integrated modelling.

Above: Distribution of NATURA 2000 sites across EU-25
Source: http://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/figures/distribution-of-natura-2000-sites-across-eu-member-states-1

Barriers to implementation

We will use workshops to explore discrepancies between different groups of stakeholders regarding their perceptions of the policy implementation issues and the underlying factors that explain them. We will develop a conceptual model that will be tested using primary data collected through structured workshop activities. Workshops will be run in two contrasting catchments (in the UK and Greece). We will use stakeholder analysis techniques to identify the key groups to involve, representing the different stakeholder roles in the catchments. The results will be used to amend the conceptual model and to provide guidance to the cost effectiveness studies being undertaken at the REFRESH demonstration catchments.